Georgia Basketball Tops Savannah State 84-48

ATHENS - The University of Georgia men's basketball team (5-1) took down the Savannah State Tigers (1-6) Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum, 84-48. Sophomore forward Steve Newman poured in a career-high 22 points to lead all scorers in the game. With the win, Georgia extended its winning streak to five games, equaling the longest of the Dennis Felton era. Georgia has not succumbed to an opponent since its season-opening loss to Old Dominion at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.

"I was very pleased with the perimeter play having an intent to get the ball inside," said Felton. "We played better in the second half this game, which is opposite of the trend we have had all season, but our team is still young and immature and it's good to see them improving."

Georgia took at 4-2 lead at the 18:51 mark of the first half and never looked back, at one point extending its lead to 16 after a Stukes three-pointer with just 45 seconds left in the half. Savannah State then answered with a three-pointer of its own off the hand of guard Javon Rudolph. Following two good free-throws from Humphrey, the Dogs took a 15-point lead into halftime, 38-23. A strong defensive effort helped keep the Tigers under 30 points as Georgia recorded five blocks and three steals in the half. Georgia kept the Tigers in a five-minute and 42 second-scoring drought, holding them at nine points from the 11:30 mark until 5:48 when Michael Bennet hit a jumper.

Georgia remained dominant in the second half, increasing its lead to 20 points on a layup from freshman center Rashaad Singleton at the 14:48 mark. Sophomore guard Kevin Brophy converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 2:13 left to play put the Bulldog advantage at 36 points, 79-43, the largest Georgia lead of the game.

Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 7 as they host in-state rival Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Fox Sports Net will broadcast the game.

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